New astroturf for learners

2019-06-11 06:00
Play Sport4Live project manager Carolyn Inglis and Hidayatul Islam Primary School principal Aziza Fridaie during the official opening of the astroturf.PHOTO: thabang kuaho

Play Sport4Live project manager Carolyn Inglis and Hidayatul Islam Primary School principal Aziza Fridaie during the official opening of the astroturf.PHOTO: thabang kuaho

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Learners at Hidayatul Islam Primary School in Kensington are now able to play soccer and other sports on the their new astro.

This comes after the learners went on a month-long fundraising surf walk to raise funds for the astroturf field.

School principal Aziza Fridaie said the school had never had an astroturf before.

“We bought the grass in 2017, but did not have the funds to have it laid down and fitted,” she said.

She said this was amazing because the learners can now play freely without the fear of getting injured.

“We used to have just a tarmac, which was not very good because when the children get hurt while playing, the injuries would be very bad. The astroturf puts the teachers at ease,” Fridaie said.

Learners had to put up a grass chart visible enough for people to see and donate towards the pitch.

In addition to that, each child was given a fundraising form where they had to collect R 250 towards this project.

“The project was well-received. The children had fun participating in it and the support from parents and teachers has been overwhelming.”

In the end, the children had raised R46 321 towards the project.

When non-profit organisation Play Sport4Life, an organisation that helps improve the lives and well-being of disadvantaged communities by providing athletic opportunities and using sports as a vehicle for a healthier lifestyle, heard of this project they decided to come on board and help the school get the pitch.

“We have had a long-term relationship with the school since the organisation’s inception.

“The school openly accepted our donation and willing to work towards making a difference through income generation events,” project manager Carolyn Inglis said.

Inglis said having the astroturf would give learners access to recreational activities in a safe environment.

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